I just installed the Yakima Ridgeline towers using Ridge Clip size 28 onto my 2018 Outback Touring. I installed the silver Aero bars for sea kayaks at angles, and for winter use of a ski box. I have the round bar adapter for an existing ultra wide two canoe setup as well.Hi All, Does anyone have experience with using Yakima towers and cross bars with the Touring model's low profile rails? Can't seem to find any pictures. I like the clean look of the Thule system, but all my accessories are Yakima.
Can you post a link for exactly what you used for these cross bars? The factory installed rails are slow low on my 2020 touring. And the antenna is too high and my boat sits on top of it. I am looning for anything, thule, yakima that I can either mount to the side railing or to take off the side raila ans put in a mount and cross bars that raises the clearance.I just installed the Yakima Ridgeline towers using Ridge Clip size 28 onto my 2018 Outback Touring. I installed the silver Aero bars for sea kayaks at angles, and for winter use of a ski box. I have the round bar adapter for an existing ultra wide two canoe setup as well.
With just the towers and silver cross bars up, I can say the look isn't as clean as the Thule. The yakima ridge clips stick well below the fairing and grab the outside - smoother edge- of the bar as well as the more grab-able but mostly invisible inside edge of the bars. The clip is black and it looks kinda old school-like rain gutter grabbing rack type tech. I am considering painting the clips silver to match the rails. Why not, I guess.
The install feels rock solid compared to the q towers I had before. I can detect zero movement when I do the grab and shove without jerking test. I feel much more confident that my whole rig is going to be safe, no matter what I throw at it. The setup I had before had me stopping frequently to adjust and do safety checks. I never did have a problem...as long as the straps were good. Now I know I'll be safe loading three heavy sea kayaks up there. Whoo hoo.
I did mount the bars up there without following the last instructions to install the rubber strip into the guide track. I just didn't have time at first. Wow, it whistles. I have read some complaints of whistling. This must be it. I still haven't driven after going full rubber install, but I'm sure it'll be fine. Yay.
Takeaway, if you need higher weight capacity and extra width, this is the setup. Also, just in terms of brand vibe, if you will...Yakima reminds me of the American Pacific Northwest. Thule reminds me of Volvo or Saab. I don't have one of those, and I live in America. Also, you never see Subarus with Yakima racks. So there's the being original factor too. At least on the East Coast it's original. You see it more out west